Waldo Weekend Campout
The 2014 Campout is History
And it was another rousing success!
As those of you who joined us on the Waldo Campout can attest, the weekend gave us perfect weather for our hikes, the pot luck dinner, and relaxation. Sixty campers left with their hearts tethered to Waldo’s magnificence—the towering Douglas Firs, the quiet inlet beaches along Waldo Lake, the view atop the Twins, the Charlton Lake trail’s boulder scramble, even the juicy wild huckleberries for the taking along the trails. Some of us greeted Waldo 100k ultra-marathoners as they bounded along their demanding route.
Now we’re moving on to finalizing our Congressional bill language and taking it to Washington DC! For information on our campaign and where it's at, go to our KWW Campaign page.
But, in 2015 - We're Gonna Do It Again!
Save This Date: August 28 - 30, 2015
Why We're Camping Out
The Oregon Sierra Club Eastside Forest Committee has initiated a campaign to provide greater protection for the forested areas east of Waldo Lake, a beautiful region 35 miles southwest of Bend containing abundant old growth and roadless areas. Currently it is unprotected beyond its federal forest status. For more information on what we're proposing, look at our Keep Waldo Wild web page. This weekend car campout is designed to introduce you Waldo Lake’s environs and treat you to its plentiful attractions. We hope you’ll become as excited about preserving the area east and south of Waldo Lake as we are!
Everyone who cares about Waldo Lake and preserving an untrammeled old growth forest experience! Last year we had 50 campers from the Juniper (Bend), Many Rivers (Eugene), and Mary's Peak (Corvallis), and Columbia (Portland) Sierra Club Groups plus several new faces to all of us. This year, we're hoping even more "Waldonians" will join us, so we've again reserved the same group campsite (see below) that will accommodate up to 120 campers.
Shadow Bay Campground
The 2015 Waldo Weekend Campout will be held August 28-30, Friday-Sunday, at the Shadow Bay Campground on the southern end of the lake. Group Site B, Sites 25 thru 43, is reserved for Friday and Saturday nights and will accommodate 60 to 120 people.
Your party will be asked to share a campsite with other parties unless you have a large number (more than six) in your party. The campground has the usual Forest Service toilet and drinking water facilities, but no showers or electrical hookups.
Because of the significant cost of reserving the Group campsite, you are being asked to pay $20 per adult and $10 per child 17 and under for the entire weekend (two nights).
There are additional single campsites available that accommodate 6 people each for $20 per night per campsite. You can reserve campsites (you pay) through the recreation.gov - Shadow Bay website, however a check of recreation.gov on May 9th shows that all reservable non-group campsites at Shadow Bay are currently reserved by other parties. Other sites may be available on a first-come basis, and there are two other campgrounds (Islet and North Waldo).
How to Register
Registration will open about May 2015. You will be able to register here online or by email.
Each participant will be asked to sign the Sierra Club Sign-in Sheet and Liability Waiver form when you arrive for the Campout Weekend. Also, if there are children in your party, we will ask the accompanying adult to sign an Individual Liability Waiver for Minors. And while Shadow Bay Campground is not all that remote, it is many miles from the nearest medical facility, so if you have a significant medical problem, please let us know. We may ask you to fill out our Medical Form so we are fully aware of your condition and its implications for our planned activities.
Children and Dogs
Children are welcome to the campout, though most hikes will be too difficult for younger children.
Dogs are also welcome to camp if trained and quiet. However, we are asking you to tell us if you are bringing a dog so we can keep a running tally of how many dogs are coming: too many dogs in strange surroundings can make it unpleasant for all, including the dogs. In addition, if you want to bring your dog on a hike, each trip leader will want to know about your dog’s training and experience before accepting it on a hike, and we may need to limit the number of dogs on any one hike for everyone's enjoyment and safety.
Weekend Schedule and Hikes
There will be a variety of hikes to accommodate different fitness levels and abilities so everyone has a chance to see a beautiful spot and enjoy the outing. Depending on the number of campers and available hike leaders, the number of hikes will be expanded to accommodate everyone and provide a variety for different interests and abilities. You can also swim, sail, kayak, bike, or hike on your own, but we cannot organize or assume responsibility for those activities you may choose to do on your own. Our preliminary (sure to be refined) weekend schedule is:
- 2 to 7 PM - Check-in to campsite
- Dinner - each party provide own food and eat on their own schedule
- 7 PM - Welcome: Sign-in, brief Waldo campaign orientation, hikes orientation (we gave up on the sign-up things - it just wasn't working). Those who want to do Deer Camp Lake will need to commit to 0800 departure next morning.
- Campfire - toward dark, let's all gather at group campsite, introduce ourselves, have some refreshment (bring snacks to share), and swap some lies
- 7 AM - Breakfast, each party bring your own
- 8:30 AM – Muster for Outings: we'll divide you into Easy/Moderate/Difficult groups. Leaders will decide which hike to do from options below based on group preferences.
- 9:15 AM - Depart for Hikes (except for Deer
Camp Lake departure at 8:00). Below is the preliminary list (the
list will change as we get closer to the campout) of hike options we will
choose from, depending on hiker preferences:
- Easy Hikes:
- Betty Lake from Waldo Road - Hike in from the Waldo Road parking area across from the Bobby Lake TH to Betty Lake and return. About 1 mile round trip and 100 feet elevation gain.
- Charlton Lake - hike around Charlton Lake, a blue gem of High Cascades, with peak views in all directions. About 3.5 miles and no elevation gain.
- Island Lakes from Fuji Mountain Trailhead - hike southeast on the Fuji Mountain Trail (FS #3674) to Island Lakes and return. About 3 miles round trip and 300 feet elevation gain. Drive to TH is about an hour.
- Moderate Hikes:
- Bobby Lake – 5.4 miles round trip with 400 feet elevation gain. Beautiful smaller lake between Maiden Peak and the Twins with peaceful dining on Lunch Rock .
- South Waldo Shelter – 3.2 miles, zero elevation gain. Hike from Shadow Bay on the Waldo Lake trail to the South Waldo shelter on level trail.
- Fuji Mtn. TH to Island Lakes to Shadow Bay - start at the Fuji Mtn. trailhead and hike into Island Lakes, then continue back to Shadow Bay on the South Waldo Trail (FS #3586). Total distance 5.5 miles with 800 feet elevation loss.
- More Difficult Hikes:
- Charlton Lake to Hidden Lake with an option to climb Gerdine Butte - 5 miles, 800 feet. This is a real cool hike with similar scenery to the hike up the Twins, but less elevation gain and about half the distance. Hidden Lake is a short scramble off trail, and is really beautiful.
- Fuji Mountain - see the best view of Waldo Lake (photo to the right and down)! It's a little steep: 1200 feet in 1.5 miles. But worth it. About 3 miles round trip and 1200 feet elevation gain.
- The Twins - From trailhead near Charlton Lake, hike around west side of Charlton, then through lodgepole, hemlock, and huckleberry to The Twins cinder cones, passing Found Lake and Gerdine Butte on the way. Fantastic views in all directions from South Twin: Waldo Lake, The Sisters and Broken Top, Wickiup, Crane Prairie, and Davis Lakes, Maiden Peak, Bobby Lake and Diamond Peak. Distance is 11.4 miles with 1700 feet elevation gain. This is the premier hike in our Waldo Lake protection area and well worth the effort.
- Shadow Bay to Deer Camp Lake - Start at the Shadow Bay CG and follow the lake shore past the South Waldo Shelter traversing the Waldo Wilderness past Bingo and Bongo Lakes then climbing the ridge (great viewpoint) separating the Waldo Wilderness from the proposed Deer Camp Lake Wilderness Addition. Then descend to Deer Camp Lake where we can have lunch. From Deer Camp Lake, we’ll explore the Deer Camp Wilderness addition off trail traversing meadows and streams to our destination at Arrowhead Lake, a remote gem that is rarely visited. The hike to the ridge top is 8.5 miles round trip with 1100 feet of elevation gain, and hike to Arrowhead Lake adds about 4 miles and another 800 feet of elevation. Adding the “Dave” factor for exploring, plan on 16 miles round trip with 2500 feet of elevation. This hike is for fit experienced hikers that are comfortable going off trail for an adventure. We definitely need to leave early to give us time to get back for the Saturday night program: depart from the campground at 8 AM sharp. Leader: Dave Stowe.
- Easy Hikes:
- 4 PM - Happy Hour in the group campsite. Bring your own beverages and snacks to share.
- 5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner Hour. There's a large group campsite where we can eat together. We're providing turkey, salmon, vege burgers, and buns. You bring your favorite beverage and a side dish to share such as salad (green, potato, fruit, pasta, etc.), beans, or dessert. We'll provide firewood for the group campfire.
- 7 PM - Keep Waldo Wild Campaign Program:
- Impressions: We want to hear about your day in Waldo.
- Waldo Campaign: Dave Stowe will update us all on the Waldo Protection Campaign.
- Call to Action: We'll tell you how you can help protect the Waldo area and ask for your ideas.
- 8:30 PM 'til who knows when ... - spinning yarns and strumming and singing by the campfire. So bring your guitars or other musical devotions and we'll get to know each other the old fashioned way. Smores, too.
- 8 AM or so - Breakfast. You're on your own.
- 9:00 AM - Short or long hikes as people desire to accommodate traveling home. The hike options are listed above under "Saturday". If you did one of them on Saturday, switch hikes. We also heartily support the option for you to just "hang out" on your own and enjoy the beauty that is Waldo Lake.
- Lunch on your own, you provide.
- 1 PM - Break camp, head home, happy campers.